Mobile Communications (826H1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

Mobile and wireless communications have become an essential utility of our everyday lives. They provide wireless connectivity for a wide range of uses, from mobile broadband communications to smart devices and the Internet-of-Things.

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the fundamental principles of mobile communications and provide you with up-to-date knowledge and skills that are important in the design and analysis of mobile wireless communication systems.

The module starts with an overview of mobile communication technologies, followed by the cellular concept and mobile communication fading channels to advanced digital communication techniques including modulation, channel coding, multiple access, and multiple antenna technologies. 

The module is delivered by lectures and coursework project assignment supported by laboratory sessions. Project work involves research, simulations, and performance analysis using MATLAB software tools.

Topics include:

  • overview of mobile communication technologies
  • cellular mobile communications concept
  • mobile communications impairments and fading channels 
  • digital modulation and adaptive techniques
  • channel coding techniques 
  • orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) 
  • multiple access techniques (FDMA/TDMA/CDMA/OFDMA) 
  • spatial diversity and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems
  • millimetre wave communications 
  • modelling and simulations using MATLAB software tools.


50%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: